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"Stephen is a fantastic bird guide. I had very limited time to bird and was particularly interested in some of the more difficult species. He knew exactly where to go and was extremely knowledgable about bird habitats, behavior and vocalisations."

Ron Lockwood, U.S.A.

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For the best birding in Spain Catalan Bird Tours offers exclusive or shared birding holidays, bird watching breaks and guided day tours whenever you want.


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Click the photostrip left for Catalonia's best BIRDS or scroll down for its best BIRDING SITES



... Pyrenees ... Ebro Delta ... Spanish Steppes ... Cap de Creus ... Garraf Massif ... Llobregat Delta ... Aigüamolls de L'Empordà ... Barcelona ... Collserola ...

It's this terrific range of habitats, along with its geographical position on a major migration route, that gives Catalonia a greater variety of birdlife than anywhere on the peninsular, including Andalucia, with 95% of Iberia's and 50% of the whole Palearctic region's recorded bird species. It also has the highest number of breeding species in Iberia and over 40% of its birds are of conservational concern.

Not bad for an area one quarter the size of England.

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The all year round Birdbox Birding Holiday invites you to journey through seven of the best bird watching sites in Catalonia, typically recording up to 200 species... Read more

"A wonderful trip. Your precise knowledge about locations for specific birds was remarkable." K.B., India

"We had a superb week. I would recommend anyone to contact Steve for a week or few days birding." Jan Scheeres, Wales

"From the first few minutes at Llobregat I knew it would be a great trip. I've got so many fantastic memories." Declan Savage, Ireland

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Birding Quick Break (3 days / 2 nights). If you have limited time available or fancy a little weekend birding then this all year round birdwatching short break covers all the main habitat types and can record up to 165 species... Read more

Mediterranea Bird Tour (4 days / 3 nights). For a more thorough experience of the region's bird life this all year round birding short break out-birds the Quick Break, recording 180 species typically, with an extra day in the Ebro Delta... Read more.

"A sensational trip - wonderful varied habitats, some great views and lots of new birds. I enjoyed every moment of it.” Peter Kemmis Betty, David Linstead, UK

“Thank you for an amazing birding holiday.  I've never known anyone with such an ability to find birds - you spotted everything and we got some great photos.” Alister Lynn, Blair Morrison, Scotland



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Whether you're on a business trip in Barcelona, a self-birding tour through Catalonia or even holidaying with family, make the most of the little time you have... Read more

“I loved birding with Stephen. Great guide, friendly and flexible... and lots of birds!" Jory Langner, U.S.A.

"Without your guidance I certainly would not have got within three yards of a nightjar." Andy Strouthous, UK

"Stephen not only knew all their calls but had a knack for helping me see them well. I'm looking forward to a return visit."
Elwood Hain, U.S.A.

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Click the above logo to view John Fox's photo trip report from a customised tour to find Wallcreeper, Lammergeier and Great Bustard in November 2010

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I pride my self on designing customised birding short breaks and holidays to suit my clients exact needs and I provide friendly quotes without obligation or pressure. So email me with your plans, however vague, and get the ball rolling... Read more

!! Sharers !! I specialise in linking up like-minded birders to share costs, especially those travelling alone, so just let me know some rough details - e.g. time of year, length of trip or target species - and I'll see what I can do. See more

"Thank you for your wonderful guiding and expertise. You really made the trip fantastic for everyone... brilliant guide got us all the birds that I hoped to see together with many more."

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Such an exciting trip. It’s difficult to imagine a guide being so keen, hard working and efficient, and such good company.”

John Fox, Dermot McCabe, Billy Quinn plus 6 others, Birdwatch Ireland (Tolka Branch)


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2012 / 2013 TESTIMONIALS...


MAY

It was a cracking birding trip! You took us to some amazing places to see some wonderful birds.” Adam Hudson, UK

"Stephen is good company and a very knowledgeable guide - he knows his birds and locations very well. I saw Red-necked Nightjar, Lammergeier, Black Wheatear, Little Bustard, both Sandgrouse and Dupont's Lark. Moreover, his house is very comfortable to stay at and is located ideally for some after-hours birding. I can only recommend his services"
Sander Pieterse, Netherlands

“Stephen is one of the best birders I have had the pleasure to meet. His birder’s eye and ears are exceptional. He showed great determination, has a wealth of local birding knowledge and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. I would recommend a trip. Brilliant! We saw many outstanding birds and the beauty of the Pyrenees alone made the trip worthwhile.”
Joan & Neil Foster, UK

“We enjoyed the tour immensely. And what a way to start - two Red-necked Nightjars!” Laura & Wayne Wathen, USA

“The combination of a wonderful area, a great variety of birds, superb guiding and great company made this one of the most enjoyable birding trips I've been on. You achieved a 100% hit on my target list and I should very much like to come again."
Dave Pearson, UK

“It was an amazing array of birds for such a short space of time and really perfect views - totally unforgettable. It was a great pleasure and I will certainly try to schedule another trip in the not-too distant future.”
Dermot Cooper, UK

“We enjoyed the entire trip. Spain really has a lot going for it. We appreciated your expertise in the field, you've obviously put in a lot of time and effort and have a great passion for what you do."
Joan & Jim Adair, USA

“A wonderful four days of birding! It's been an exciting and interesting experience for me.”
Aleksey Pavlushkin, Russia

“Another great trip, we thoroughly enjoyed it and have been regaling friends with all the birds you found and telling them how good you are at seeing and hearing them.”
Frank & Shelagh Mawby, UK

"Thanks for a great day in the Pyrenees. It felt like it was with the usual gang back home. You and [the others] were great company."
Deb Ferguson, USA

"Lots of wonderful birds. Stephen, thanks for another great birding trip". Allen Moore, UK


APRIL / MARCH

Great birding - the pace and intensity was perfect with time to enjoy the birds. Stephen has put a lot of work into learning where the key birds are. We would thoroughly recommend him and I'm sure we'll be back.”
Phil Hardwick, Mike Crutch, UK

“Thanks a million Stephen for a brilliant birding trip that we both thoroughly enjoyed." Ciaran Meegan, Ireland

“We thoroughly enjoyed the birding trips and appreciate how hard you worked to tick off the birds on our list."
Carl Hitt, Vernon Jones, USA

“I enjoyed the week extremely, it was very memorable! I want to thank you for that. You'll definitely see us again.”
Andreas Engelhard, Netherlands

“A really great birding week. Not only did Stephen know everything about the birds in Catalonia, their behaviour and distribution but exactly the best chances for seeing them. So no fleeting glimpses but detailed and repeated excellent observations of species like Little Crake, (etc.) ... your tours offer great opportunities for photos.

Stephen's enthusiasm, knowledge and reliability made him an excellent guide and great company as well. We will be back for more, may be a winter trip!"
Bauke Kortleve, Netherlands

“Quite an experience. Stephen's knowledge of the many species we saw, their habitats and their migration patterns, made our bird watching even more enjoyable and informative than we expected. Thank you.”
Dianne & Kent Pointon, Canada

“I had a most wonderful bird watching trip under your fantastic guidance. Your great expertise and passion was deeply appreciated. I look forward to another visit in the not too distant future. Thanks for the experience.”
KY Thong, Hong Kong


FEBRUARY

I'm just back from a shared birding trip with Stephen and can recommend his tours. He is very knowledgeable and good company and the packed lunches are also very good. I fully intend another trip with Catalan Bird Tours.”
Alex Barr, UK

“Thanks so much, I really enjoyed my self. Forty-three Great Bustards. Amazing." Simon Keizer, Australia

You were an absolute star. Your knowledge of birds and localities was amazing to the point of being supernatural (like an ornithological version of Derren Brown with your ability to predict what birds we would be seeing and when). And you were excellent at patiently explaining how to distinguish between similar species.

It's not easy to say what the high point was when there were so many to choose from... the Wallcreeper, the Lammergeier, the Dupont's Lark in the early morning Steppe light, the flocks of sandgrouse or sixty-three truly astonishing Great Bustard.

Finally can we say how much we enjoyed your company, the week bird watching with you was a real pleasure and I would recommend you to anyone. We have pencilled in another trip for May 2014."
Adrienne & Ian Lancaster, UK

“Three marvellous days' birding.” Peter Kemmis-Betty, UK



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